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A Bit of Advice (Sermon)

August 18, 2011

Hello to All,

This is a day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I also pray that the good Lord show us all favor and bless and use us wherever and with whomever we may find ourselves. Just remember you are a child of God and through Christ you can do all things. Have a blessed week.

Below is a copy of a sermon I preached this past Sunday at Pinewood Village Assist Living Home in Glenn Burnie Md.. We had a good time, our men CC Male Chorus(which I also am blessed to be a member of) sang songs of praise and worship, we prayed I preached and we fellowshipped with the elderly people who live there. God is so good! Praise God. Oh our morning church service at my church at Ft. Meade http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Ft+Meade&state=Md&address=8900-8999%5D+Rockenbach+Rd was also good!

A Bit of Advice (Sermon)

My first bit of advice is that you recognize your dependence upon God and seek His aid. The tendency of human nature is to feel sufficient apart from God to rely on the flesh. Just recently we all witnessed the democrats and republicans battling it out to decide how our countries debt problems would be handled neither side wanted to give in and when the dust cleared things looked worst then when they started. What if they all had got together and took it to the Lord in prayer, if they just had prayed about it and leaned not on their own understanding.

 It is essential to your success in life that you recognize your dependence upon God, and that you seek His aid. Read the pages of the Word of God, and the pages of secular history, and you will see that again and again God has interposed on behalf of His people when in the natural there was no hope; and you will see, too, that whenever people have felt self-sufficient, and have tried to get along without God, the result has been disaster. Mark the contrast between the “they” and “we” of Psalm 20:7,8: “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.”

 In the second place, I advise you to guard your thoughts. Thoughts are creatures of the mind; they are born there. Satan can get to our hearts only through our minds. The eyes and ears are avenues that lead to the mind. So, be careful what you fix your gaze upon, and be careful what you hear. The best way to keep evil thoughts out of our minds is to keep them so full of good thoughts that there will be room for nothing else. Paul gave to the Phillippians excellent advice: “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsover things are good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phil 4:8.

 Next I advise you to make good use, the best use, of your time. Time is an important factor in the development of character, and in the rendering of service. Time is just a small fraction of eternity, and every moment of it is important. It should be improved. Someone once said that hours have wings, and that they are continually flying away from us up to the Author of time, and that all prayers cannot delay one of them in its flight, or bring one of them back to us after its departure. They all go up to the throne of God, and they stay there, and will be there when we shall stand before the judgment seat, to bear witness against us or to testify on our behalf. There are so many things to do, and so little time in which to do them.

There was a book written a few years ago entitled “How to Live on Twenty-four Hours a Day.” Each of us has twenty-four hours each day. Others may have more wealth, more wisdom, more beauty, better health, greater opportunity, or a higher degree of learning; but no one can have more than twenty-four hours a day.  I never shall forget hearing a man say, when I was young, “You tell me that you cannot do it, for you do not have time. You have all the time there is! How could anybody have more than that?”

 Another word of advice, see that you walk circumspectly. This advice is scriptural. It is found in Eph. 5:5. To be circumspect, we are told, is to “look on all sides of; to examine; to scrutinize.” As we pass through life we meet difficulties, obstacles, problems. Suggestions are made for our approval, and programs are presented for our adoption. Too many among us reach hasty conclusions. We do not look on all sides of the suggestions, the problems; we do not scrutinize them. Many people say “Yes” when, if they would carefully consider the matter, look on all sides of it with a scrutinizing eye, they would say “No.”

 In considering a problem or a program, you should take into consideration everything that is connected with it, not only present advantage, but also possible future disadvantage. Ask yourself the question, “What is the ultimate outcome likely to be?” There was Moses. He had a real problem. Should he remain in the family of the king, enjoy royal favor, and finally sit upon the throne of Egypt; or should he refuse to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, cast in his lot with the despised race of slaves and become the emancipator of an oppressed people, filling the place in the divine program that God desired that he should fill? He had to weigh present disadvantage against future advantage. And he decided wisely; he “had respect unto the recompense of the reward.”

 On the other hand, look at Esau, who decided unwisely and sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.

I advise you also to not seek your own glory, but the glory of Him who has called you and equipped you for service. Never brag about yourself. Do not be a boaster. You have nothing to boast of. All you have and all you are, you owe to God. If you are enabled to achieve anything worthwhile in life, it will be because God has worked through you. God says, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom; neither let the mighty man glory in his might; let not the rich man glory in his riches, but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me.” And Paul said, “God forbid that I should glory save the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

 I also advise you to read good books, especially the great books of the bible. Some would suggest that you read anything at least five hours a day, that this will make you a learned man. I advise no person to “read anything.” There is some literature these days that should not be read by those who want to keep their minds clean, some literature should have never been printed. The fact that there is a demand for it is evidence of the character and mental caliber of the age. There are many good books that will help you grow and mature, attending school, college the military etc. will expose you to such quality literature.

Finally, be careful always to tell the truth. If you do this, you will make no promises you will not keep; you will incur no debts you will not pay; you will assume no obligations you will not meet; you will enter into no contracts you will not regard as sacred. A man is no better than his word. In Rev. 1911 Christ is called “Faithful and True.” You should be faithful and true. Ruskin in his Seven Lamps of Architecture tells us that “there is, perhaps, nothing that is so flatly opposite the character of God as is the sin of lying.” He would have us all tell the truth until it becomes habitual for us to do so.

Our lives, I say in conclusion, is not a play that is being staged or a drama that is being enacted; we are engaged in a great warfare; we are running a race that has been set before us. Let us “fight the good fight of faith,” and “run with patience the race that is set before us.” Let us be true to our Captain, the Lord Jesus, unreservedly yielding ourselves to His masterhand, that the plan He has planned, the program He has inaugurated, may be carried out in His way and for His glory.

 My prayer for you all is that not a soul leaves this place without being saved. That you choose today who you will serve will it be mammon or God. I pray you choose God. You and I are not promised tomorrow, we have no idea what a day will bring but this one thing you can be sure of is that if you give your life to Christ you will be standing before the great Judge, and hear His welcome words, “Enter into the joy of the Lord!”

Below are my personal web sites, add a book mark to each and be blessed. There is also a link to my church feel free to join us for praise and worship and the living Word that is preached Sunday’s at 11:00-1:00. You will not regret it. Now go forth and share the gospel with someone!

Army of Christ
https://gary007446.wordpress.com/

Army of Christ – Another Powerful Brother in Christ!
http://undergodscommand.wordpress.com/

MY CHURCH
http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Ft+Meade&state=Md&address=8900-8999%5D+Rockenbach+Rd

The Hope For All People
http://www.thehopeproject.com/?language=en

Our Daily Bread
http://www.rbc.org/odb/odb.shtml#

Everything Skit – You have to see it!
http://www.higherpraisetube.com/video/919/Lifehouse-Everything-Skit

Have a great day in the Lord!
Bro. Nixon

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